If you want to thump your feet, clap your hands and dance like no one is watching, this list of 20 popular songs with a steady beat is perfect for you. You don’t even have to know the lyrics to get started!
Hit play on this list and you will be transported to a moment in time where you will forget about everything else and get grooving. Some entries on this list are recent while others will leave you feeling nostalgic. All of them, however, will leave you entertained!
Here is the interesting list of 20 popular songs with a steady beat:
1. “Stereo Hearts” by Gym Class Heroes
This song has been a famous theme from 2010 onwards and was a staple at parties because of its steady, upbeat but easy tune. It features Adam Levine’s iconic voice on its chorus that makes people want to sing along when they hear it. The song has a peculiar kick that makes it feel new every time you hear it play.
2. “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz
Lenny and his guitar never fail to amaze us! This track has a steady beat but Lenny’s voice makes it powerful together with its riff and bass. The sound of this song can make it fit in any era as it was combined with classic and modern rock with some RNB vibe. You cannot help but do some head-banging every time this song is played.
3. “Uptown Funk” by KidzBop
This song can take anyone out of boredom because of its classic and upbeat tune. A combination of funk, pop, soul, and disco, this track can make anyone want to dance because it has a style that feels like James Brown. The funky, smooth, and sweet melody of this song gives it a fresh feeling that can fit in any era!
4. “Rebel Rebel” by David Bowie
David Bowie is a classic icon as he puts into words, everyone’s dream of becoming a rebel, in this song. The easy to listen to tune has a steady guitar riff that makes you want to do some headbanging. This song reminds us of our youth and how we were reckless teenagers – a feeling that many listeners can relate to!
5. “Seven Nation Army” by White Stripes
“Seven Nation Army” brings back rock memories of the year 2000 where pop and rock hits were clashing with their music videos. This song has a memorable bass riff, a simple drumbeat, and distorted vocals that get stuck in your head for some time when you hear it!
6. “Lust For Life” by Iggy Pop
“Lust for Life” was released in 1977 with the collaboration of two iconic musicians. The rhythm was simple as it was created by David Bowie while its lyrics were written by Iggy Pop. This song fits the list because it has an infectious, steady beat and rhythm with high pitch background vocals. The song feels like caring for nothing but just letting yourself out and dance!
7. “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.
“Paper Planes” was written in 2007 by a hip hop artist M.I.A. It has a unique downtempo sound that is classified under alternative hip hop with some African folk music. The catchy distorted guitar riff with M.I.A.’s distinctive vocals makes it a modern iconic song that will resonate in the future.
8. “Ho Hey” by This Lumineers
“Ho Hey” belongs to this list because its tune is simple with an organic mandolin and guitar strums throughout the song. Schultz’s vocals make the song recognizable even if it’s a simple song. It makes you may want to sit back, relax and let your spirit free as it says “Ho Hey”.
9. “Needy” by Ariana Grande
This song maintains a steady beat from start to finish. It only took a few piano keys and clicks to make the song, which was probably done to highlight Ariana’s vocals to an extend that she wouldn’t need to sing out loud but keep it light and steady throughout the song. The chord progression and its aesthetic vibes make this song recognizable in this generation.
10. “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin
“When the Levee Breaks” has a steady beat with a harmonica in the background that makes it sound like a mix of country and slow rock classic! It sounds like a cowboy is coming into the scene as you hear country blues mixed with powerful vocals that make this track an iconic steady-beat song to date!
11. “Pass That Dutch” by Missy Elliott
Aside from “Get Your Freak On”, Missy Elliott released this underrated song 16 years ago. This was the era where music videos made songs famous. “Pass that Dutch” has a catchy steady beat that highlights Missy Elliott’s rapping voice. This song was featured in the movie “Mean Girls” even it’s not on the soundtrack.
12. “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani
“Hollaback Girl” is the iconic song of the year 2000 onwards. Written by Gwen Stefani in collaboration with Pharrell Williams, this track has a steady beat with a moderately fast tempo that combines the elements of hip hop plus cheerleading that sounds similar to Toni Basil’s song “Mickey”.
13. “Fingers” by Zayn
The beat of this song is so smooth that it makes you want to relax as you play the music. Its sound is in mid-tempo with crisp drum beats, and low synths while Zayn keeps his vocals soft. it’s good to hear while on a headphone as you will be hypnotized by its steady and mesmerizing beats that are like magic for your ears.
14. “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
The hyped-up drumbeats, steady tune, and awesome lyrics make “Believer” a motivational song. It didn’t overdo the hype up as it keeps its chill as you sing its lyrics with conviction to do all the things that you dream of because you’re a believer!
15. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” by Justin Timberlake
This steady beat song is one of a kind because it always feels fresh as sunshine! It has motivational lyrics that make you want to wake up every day with good vibes. It’s a medium-paced song with positive lyrics and a good grove that lets you swing your body or stomp your feet every time you hear it. Justin Timberlake’s voice adds to the magic of this song.
16. “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin
“Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin has been used in recent movies as a fight theme song because of its steady, medium-paced beat. This song is a rock classic that gives a hype and immediate mood boost because of its recognizable riffs combined with its high-pitched vocals!
17. “Love Song” by Selena Gomez
This song was one of Selena’s first but people continue to love it because of its catchy tune. This song made Selena Gomez famous and its steady beat made her voice stand out. The song was composed of a moderate tempo and pulsing beats plus repetitive lyrics that helped us remember it even more!
18. “Barracuda” by Heart
Just like the “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, this song gives the chill of old-school rock with its classic guitar riff and bass, giving a hyped-up feeling from its steady beats. It also has high-pitched vocals that make this song upbeat like a theme from a spy movie.
19. “Better” by Khalid
A recent release, this track has won many awards from music charts all over the world. It has a smooth RNB vibe and steady beats of hip-hop/urban drums and warm synths. Khalid’s voice remains calm, soft, and distinct throughout the song and can make listeners lose themselves in the melody.
20. “Summertime in Paris” by Jaden ft. Willow
This song has a natural steady beat and relaxing lyrics that make people think about summertime. It has a cool groove, a catchy melody and it sounds airy from where they are recording this song. “Summertime in Paris” is a collaboration of siblings that were born out of music and the results are just awesome as you listen to them!
These 20 popular songs with a steady beat will leave you feeling entertained as you reminisce the music of the past and enjoy the beats of the present. Most of the songs are simple but the consistent steady beat makes them easy to remember! Special kudos to the artists who made the songs flavorful to their full extent.
Every single track listed here was made to stand the test of time and they will stay on your playlist for a very long time!